Friday, September 25, 2009

Cambodia to end contract with Bangkok Airways for domestic flights+

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 25 (AP) - (Kyodo)—The Cambodian government said Friday it will not renew a contract for domestic flights being run by Thailand's Bangkok Airways after it expires next month.

Mao Havannal, secretary of state of Cambodia's Civil Aviation Authority, said Cambodia has already informed Bangkok Airways that the contract ending Oct. 25 will not be renewed.

Mao Havannal refused to elaborate on the decision, only saying Cambodia now already has its own national airline.

In July, Cambodia reopened the national airline Cambodia Angkor Air in a joint venture with Vietnam Airlines.

The country had had no national carrier since 2001.

Since last year, Bangkok Airways was allowed to operate daily domestic flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Province.

Siem Reap, home of the Angkor Wat temple complex, attracted more than one million foreign tourists last year.
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